Bare tree by Elissa Hugens Aleshire
Gila Community College for the first time has launched a new art history class taught by an award-winning artist, a key addition to allow students to complete a new degree in art.
The Tuesday class will cover the whole sweep of western art, but will concentrate on 20th century art and art movements, which remains the specialty of Elissa Hugens, who earned her undergraduate art degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and her Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from Arizona State University.
GCC classes started this week, but most of the art classes still have room for additional students, even if they don’t attend their first class until next week.
Hugens also teaches an art studio class in folk art and outsider art, plus a class in watercolor painting.
The new art history course is required for students to complete an AA degree in art, recently launched by GCC.
Hugens produces work in oils, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media. Her paintings in response to her own struggle with breast cancer became part of ArtRageous, a national traveling exhibition.
She teaches the art history course from the point of view of a working artist, tracing to deep roots of the trends and techniques that produced the spectacular diversity of 20th century art.
The course is designed for art students seeking an understanding for their studies — but also speaks to people interested in a deepe